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When I say I love having a morning routine, I really love having a morning routine. It’s the same everyday, it takes me the same amount of time (give or take how many times I snooze my alarm or if I get stuck in an Instagram black hole– thanks Kim) which is actually less time than I thought now that I’ve really timed it for this post…

So, I asked Garance about her routine (especially now that we aren’t in the apartment to bother her), Daphne and Caroline to fill us in on what they do each morning!

Caroline:
Wake up. Stumble out of bed, puffy eyes.

1 min: Splash cold water on face.

45 seconds: Use Cetaphil cleanser and try to rub the puffiness out of my skin while cleaning it!

45 seconds: Pat dry and use either Creme de La Mer cream, rubbed and warmed up between my palms, or Embryollise cream when I’m travelling and try to give myself a mini face massage pushing upwards and around the temples.

5 min: My no makeup makeup. Use Charlotte Tilbury’s concealer in #2 Fair under my eyes, around my nose and to touch up any dark spots. I’ve also grown addicted to using her Wonder Glow primer for a soft irridescence along my cheekbones. I’ll use a Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liner in a pot that I’ll put a cat eye flourish with her eye liner angled brush and it stays on all day/night. Will curl my eyelashes using my Shu Uemera curler, and then use the Charlotte Tilbury black mascara, which doesn’t run or clump and is my new mascara nirvana. Lipstick wise, I’ll either go with a deep red by Tom Ford, Shisheido or recently a fave from Kanebo, otherwise I’ll use Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream on my lips to moisturize and give a hint of shine.

Then I use the Charlotte Tilbury black mascara, which doesn’t run or clump and is my new mascara nirvana.

10 min: My showers are usually 10 minutes long, very hot, and I use Original & Mineral Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner which has really helped to tamed my frizz – it’s expensive but worth it. I’ll use Coco Chanel Noir body wash, and once I’m out, Jergens moisturizer all over.

My hair is the trickiest – if I’m running late, it just goes in a bun with an attempt to tame my frizzies with Aveda High Gloss serum that smells delicious and reminds me of my teens. If I’ve showered, I’ll work through some serum in my wet hair, and tie it in a braid, finishing off with L’Oreal Wet Look Gel. It usually only stays put with wet look gel!

Total Time: 17 minutes, 30 seconds.

Daphne:
Pali always tells me that showering upon waking is the best way to wake up but I go straight from bed to the kitchen and make coffee!

5 min: I take quick showers in the morning and long baths at night. I wash my hair every other day in the shower with Pureology shampoo. I use Santa Maria Novella carnation soap as a body cleanser and wash my face with Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Wash. Towards the end of my shower I spray a little eucalyptus oil above my head…it opens up my sinuses and makes my bathroom smell like a spa.

I go straight from bed to the kitchen and make coffee!

7 min: I get out and apply Complex 15 body lotion all over (really fast it’s kind of comical) and I use Joanna Vargas Rejuvenating Serum on my face (I’m a Joanna Vargas devotee). Oh and I use Clarins roll-on deodorant!

8 min: Lastly, I blow dry my hair a little (without technique and upside down) and spray some perfume in it. If I remember I dab on Cle de Peau concealer and use Kevyn Aucoin mascara. Usually I have an outfit vision in the shower but some days I have to try on 50 things before going back to my first choice.

My whole morning routine takes about 20 minutes start to finish. Baths are another story.

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Alex:
10 mins: Shower. I shower everyday (I have to wash my hair. There are only about 2 days out of the year when the hair gods look down upon me and say, “Go forth Alex. Your hair won’t be greasy today.”). I wash my face in the shower with my Tata Harper cleanser to save a little bit of time. I use this bar of lavendar soap my mom got me at Columbus Ave. Flea Market and John Masters Organics Lavender Rosemary shampoo. I rarely use conditioner because I feel like it makes my hair greasy (maybe I’m doing it all wrong) but when I do it’s John Masters Organics also.

Go forth, Alex. Your hair won’t be greasy today.

3 mins: Brush my hair, spray in my Balmain Hair texturizing spray (it’s probably my fanciest feeling product and helps me in my never ending quest to achieve French girl hair), apply Tata Harper Floral Essence.

5 mins: Apply moisturizer (also Tata Harper) and Chantecaille SPF 50 primer. I’ll waste a few extra minutes checking Instagram/making a Nespresso while giving moisturizer a little bit of time to soak in.

7 mins: Apply NARS foundation (I’ve been hooked on it since our foundation debate), MAC Studio Finish Concealer, Tarte blush, Benefit Brow Zing and mascara (currently testing: Ellis Faas.)

3 mins: My hair is just about dry at this point (I try to avoid my blow dryer and let my hair air dry, so I draw out my routine to give time for that). I’ll part it (down the middle) and apply another round of texturizer, this time Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic. Shake hair like maniac and hope for the best.

5 mins: Brush teeth then apply a lipstick (pick a color, any color). If I had a dollar for every time I applied my lipstick before brushing my teeth I would be rich. Spritz of perfume (currently, the new Eau de Toilette from Carven) and I’m out the door.

Total Time: 33 minutes

Garance:
3 min: I brush my teeth with a vibrating toothbrush. I really try to be careful and not brush too fast or too harsh. I care about my gums you guys! Brushing your teeth should be 3 min minimum. It’s long, so I listen to a a song and usually try to sing at the same time, which makes Scott laugh… a lot.

10 min: I shower every morning after my breakfast and I wash my hair every other day. I do it while listening to music (right now, I have a reggae obsession) and I may or may not sing from the top of my lungs (and dance, obv) in the shower.

I use Corriander Seed shower gel by Aesop and any shampoo and conditioner that comes my way, cause since my hair is short, it doesn’t really make a difference AND I LOVE THAT FACT.

I may or may not sing at the top of my lungs in the shower.

After the shower if I’m not lazy / in a rush, I lotion my body with some deliciousness by Aesop, again.
I love, love essential oils scents.

Ouh, was about to forget! Moroccan Oil, 2 – 3 presses in my hand and all on my hair, then brush and let it dry. That’s the way I get my hair to stay straight, but I told you about that already :)

Okay then face, this is fast. I use Bioderma Crealine, dry it by giving myself gentle slaps (no idea where this habit came from but love doing that), and then apply Tata Harper serum, Tata Harper moisturizer and Colbert MD eye cream.

(This is when the time consuming thing happens, aka picking out my outfit, but thank god it’s not the subject of the day. If not add an extra half hour for that. I just can’t make choices.)

5 min: After that I do my make up, in order: By Terry foundation, concealer by Benefit, NARS powder, Guerlain Terracotta, Chanel pink blush (I know so many face colors! It’s almost like I’m contouring!!! EXaCTLy!!!), NARS eyeshadow and Benefit Brow Zing.

That’s it! And then I always have a lip gloss / lipstick somewhere in my pockets or my bag. I apply it on my way.

I splash myself with my perfume of the moment, the Bonpoint cologne, and I’m ready.

Total Time: 18 Minutes

How long does it take you to get ready? Do you have a routine or does it change everyday?


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  • Laëti February, 20 2014, 9:04 / Reply

    La photo est superbe.

    Laëti

  • Le monde des petites February, 20 2014, 9:04

    The pic is gorgeous!!!
    As for me, I require 15-20 minutes in the morning to get ready!

    xoxo

    Le monde des petites
    http://www.lemondedespetites.com/

  • andreea February, 20 2014, 9:04

    my routine depends on whether i work from home or not that day (make up or no make up) :)

    i don’t shower in the morning, always at night (it helps me sleep better)

    i use warm water to open my pores and then nivea soft. it may sound basic but it works great for my skin. on colder days, i use some serum (caudalie, vichy) beneath my roche posay face cream, an eye product and some balm on my lips.

    if i wear make up: it’s mascara, blush, eye brow product and a chanel lipstick. most of the times :)

    http://littleaesthete.com

  • Mafalda February, 20 2014, 9:05 / Reply

    Relax Garance, ils viennent d’annoncer en France que la durée de brossage était passée à 2 minutes :)
    Et quelle bonne idée de recycler les bougies Diptyque dans la salle de bain!
    Mafalda
    http://www.mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr

  • Dominique February, 20 2014, 9:11 / Reply

    this is lovely :)

    xxxx
    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

  • Gaëlle missGworld February, 20 2014, 9:18 / Reply

    Le temps que je met à me préparer dépend du temps que j’ai pour me préparer (si j’ai repoussé mon réveil entre autre). Je me maquillage en fonction du temps que j’ai (du minimum syndical à quelque chose de plus travaillé, je change tout le temps) et je déjeune en dernier, parce-que le matin, je peux passer 15min à dormir assise face à mon thé ;)
    Gaëlle
    http://missgworld.com/

  • Cristina February, 20 2014, 9:21 / Reply

    Awesome photo!! I also love some of these beauty products and the way that are presented in the post with the different times is great!
    http://heelsandpeplum.wordpress.com/

  • jessica February, 20 2014, 9:26 / Reply

    I love morning routines, except when I have a day-off on a Saturday! If my routine didn’t go well, my face would not even look like a face.
    Your Friend, Jess

  • Mimi February, 20 2014, 9:28 / Reply

    Caroline se maquille donc avant sa douche… intéressant !!!

  • cecile February, 20 2014, 9:28

    Mon dieu je ris tellement là maintenant tout de suite

  • Nico February, 20 2014, 9:31 / Reply

    Funny and useful, nice!

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  • Nico February, 20 2014, 9:33 / Reply

    Funny and useful, nice post.

    lowbudget-lowcost Fashion blog

  • novella @ 9lla.it February, 20 2014, 9:34 / Reply

    J’adore la photo! *.* Elle me fait rêver!
    …et tous les produits évidemment…
    above all the Officina S. Maria Novella products that are named as me ;)
    xx
    Novella

    http://9lla.it/
    A fashion & DIY blog…

  • Mari February, 20 2014, 9:35 / Reply

    My routine is super fast! A 5 minutes shower, during which I wash my body with whatever is in the bathroom + Roc face-wash (the pink one). I wash my hair at night, every other day, so I don’t lose time in the morning. I use dry shampoo if it is my second day after I’ve washed my hair.
    I never apply moisturizer but I plan to change this. I remove the rest of make up that survived the previous night make up removing session – I ALWAYS have some remaining mascara, no matter how hard I try. Then I apply make up: foundation, bronzing powder, blush, mascara.
    Et voila! 15 minutes tops.

    xx
    Mari
    http://thegirlofthehour.com

  • Mariana February, 20 2014, 9:35

    Have you tried using a cleansing butter? I use the Camomile one from TBS after I asked for a sample and it and it removed all my waterproof mascara. *all*. And it doesn’t feel remotely greasy afterwards. It takes some massaging the lashes and a few passages of a muslin cloth (that I haven’t figured out how to de-stain yet), I just press the lashes against my eyelids with it, but it works.

  • Chris February, 20 2014, 9:35

    Ok…this will sound like a lie but try this: water. I gave up eye makeup remover only 2 months ago by using a saturated (in water!) washcloth, pressed to my eyes (eyelashes) while leaning over the sink. Rinse cloth, repeat. I do this about 6-7 times. It only takes a minute. I then proceed with washing my face with cleanser and *I kid you not* there is no more of that streaky, last bit of mascara still clinging in the morning.

    I am 36 and first started wearing mascara when I was 12 so I consider this a very big deal!

  • Lucile February, 20 2014, 9:42 / Reply

    Mais mais mais… où est le petit-déjeuner ?? (parce que personnellement c’est le temps que je mets à le préparer et le manger qui dicte le temps que je vais passer à m’habiller et me maquiller ;-))
    Sinon ça dépend de si j’ai envie de me sentir belle-sexy ou simplement moi en un peu mieux.

  • kris February, 20 2014, 9:45 / Reply

    good morning….under a half hour….i shower night before….hair is short….nars concealer, tart foundation, nars loose powder, l’oreal eye liner (pen..the best), they’re real mascara, RED LIPS!!!!! so many tubes of red lipstick i can’t even begin….lately loving giorgio armani 402…..just add some putty to hair…. put on a black outfit and off i go!!!!!! .happy day everyone XOXOXO

  • Seppy February, 20 2014, 9:46 / Reply

    En fait, ça dépend des matins… en ce moment, je suis toujours dans mon lit – trop paresseuse pour rien faire, même manger!!

    Sinon, comme il fait souvent très froid, je n’aime pas me doucher le matin, mais sinon, dès que je me réveille, c’est direction toilettes, et ensuite cuisine (en se lavant les mains entre, bien sur!!) et après je m’assois à mon bureau et je rattrape sur les médias sociaux pendant que je mange. Après brosser les dents, s’habiller et se maquiller…et je change ça aussi tous les jours (le maquillage)

    Donc conclusion, je n’ai pas vraiment de routine haha

    http://www.seppysmontreal.com

  • Alina Noir February, 20 2014, 9:49 / Reply

    I just take a shower and use some drops of almond oil on my skin.
    Love, Alina
    http://www.alinanoir.com/

  • aiidyy February, 20 2014, 9:54 / Reply

    GENIAL ce post j’ai trop adoré
    ce qui aurait super c’est qu’on voir les photos de chacune d’entre vous après ces coups de magies dans vos salles de bain :)
    Je pense que Garance est la nouvelle icône du so cool pour moi – glamour au possible
    Lots of LOVE

  • Bonnie February, 20 2014, 9:55 / Reply

    À peu près une demi-heure de lundi à vendredi, ceci inclue:

    10 mn.: douche, je me lave les cheveux tous les jours incluant shampoing et après shampoing.

    8 mn.: sérum + crème dépigmentante + crème hydratante + fond de teint ou bb ou cc cream + bb eye cream + poudre compacte + rimmel.

    2 mn.: brossage des dents.

    2 mn.: séchoir.

    6 mn.: décider les fringues et m’habiller (très compliqué, mais faisable)

    Petit déjeuner en dehors de chez moi (bien que je prends un Nescafé au lever pendant que je fais pipí et écoute les news à la radio)

    Les jours ou ça va pas du tout, ce qui me fait arriver en retard sont ces 6 dernières minutes, je me change mille fois et le résultat est désastreux, c’est les jours où à la fin de la journée je n’aime pas du tout ce que j’ai mis.

    Pour les weekends: là pas de temps limite car normalement j’ai du temps. Je profite (normalement les dimanches) pour faire les trucs les plus longs, voire épilation, masques visages, masques cheveux, mains, pieds etc…

  • STYLONYM February, 20 2014, 10:10 / Reply

    Great post, so useful! Also as I was looking for new products (not entirely satisfied with current ones..), so good – thankyou ladies!

    X STYLONYM http://www.stylonym.blogspot.com

  • Yassira February, 20 2014, 10:10

    What a great post.

    Kevyn Aucoin Mascaras are the best! http://www.sablebeauty.com

  • AM February, 20 2014, 10:10 / Reply

    Je dois etre une mauvaise eleve parce que ma routine se resume a :
    - une douche (3min max)
    - produit anti bouton si il y en a un qui a ose pousser dans la nuit
    - creme hydratante caudalie
    - brossage de dents (2min)
    - stick levres nuxe
    Total : 9 min grand maximum.
    En lisant la routine de tout le monde, je comprends pourquoi je trouve que j’ai mauvaise mine, en fait il suffirait de consacrer davantage de temps a la beaute!

  • Lea February, 20 2014, 10:17 / Reply

    “If I had a dollar for every time I applied my lipstick before brushing my teeth I would be rich” HA HA HA HA

    Alex – have you tried limiting the amount of hair products you use daily? My hair used to be pretty greasy and now that I have stuck to the basics (shampoo and conditioner) I can afford to wash it twice or three times a week. Maybe you should give it a try?

    xx

  • Monsieur J February, 20 2014, 10:34 / Reply

    C’est pour le rituel du matin que j’ai un bureau à l’extérieur… Si je me douche pas je ne me réveille pas. Vraiment même si je larve jusqu’à 14h chez moi, le seul truc qui me fera me bouger c’est une douche.

    15min: Petit déj pour commencer car la vie est trop rude (oui se préparer un Bircher müesli ça prend du temps)

    15min: Douche tous les matins (de l’avis des personnes qui on un jour partagé ma salle de bain ce serait plutôt 30min???) avec douche hypoallergénique sans savon à l’eau de rose de Douce Nature, pour les cheveux tous les trois à quatre jours en hiver (une fois par semaine en été) shampooing aux herbes produit low cost sorti premier aux testes consommateurs en Suisse.

    2min: Brossage de dents (je déteste me brosser les dents, j’ai une acidité de la bouche qui me les pourries, même avec 3 brossages par jour et fil dentaire. Donc je me dis que c’est pas un truc vital puisque dentiste il y aura. Mais j’aime bien quelles soient propre)

    1min: Crémage visage et coudes Nivea soft (le rasage c’est pas régulier vu ma pilosité)

    3min: Séchage de cheveux (oui je mouille mes cheveux même si je les lavent pas… mais c’est la seul solution pour me réveiller. Depuis que je fais ça, j’ai plus l’effet cheveux gras il faut que je me les lavent Alex try)

    2 pschitt d’Eternity et hop je m’habille

    Total 36min

  • Judith A. Ross February, 20 2014, 10:42 / Reply

    I’m so sorry to pick nits (especially since this is in reference to Garance’s hair treatment) but in her post about the short hair, she recommended the MoroccanOil styling cream, in this post the link takes us to MoroccanOil treatment. Which does she use? I have thick, dry hair and am always fighting frizz and curls so would love to know which of those two she uses, since I also have some serious hair envy going on.

    Thank you Alex!

  • Alex February, 20 2014, 10:42

    Hi Judith! My mistake on the link, it is the styling cream :) xo Alex

  • Laurel February, 20 2014, 11:17 / Reply

    Alex, I’m with you in the greasy hair department, but in the past few weeks I think I found a solution, and I’ve been so so so stoked about it, because my hair has stopped being flat and greasy. I now have permanent beach vacation hair. It’s amazing, like each strand has its own tiny Tim Riggins coaxing it to be the best. SO, here it is– I stopped washing my hair with shampoo and conditioner. I know the “no poo” thing isn’t revolutionary, I’ve tried it before with the baking soda and vinegar solution, and it didn’t really work out for me, but this time I’m doing it a little differently. I just massage my head in the shower to get it clean, and then twice a day, morning and night, I spray Aveda’s Invati serum on my scalp and rub it in. Something about the serum keeps me from getting too greasy, and it’s volumizing at the same time, and it smells good. Haven’t had a bad hair day yet, and I don’t look like a greaseball. Maybe give it a try? Wishing you a lifetime of happy hair days!

    x
    Laurel
    http://laurelhilljewelry.com

  • Alex February, 20 2014, 11:17

    Laurel, You had me at Tim Riggins…I’m going to give this a try!

  • Anonymous February, 20 2014, 11:17

    Laurel, so glad to read this and can’t wait to try it – thank you! This blog is a worldwide girlfriend convention .. I love it. Thanks for the fun and enlightening post, Alex.

  • Sevan February, 20 2014, 11:25 / Reply

    Great, fun post et j’adore la photo.
    Je ne travaille plus donc j’ai tout mon temps mais je ne lambine pas dans la salle de bains. Douche avec lavage de cheveux, lotions, sechage/brushing, maquillage et habillage : 1 heure.
    J’inclus habillage lorsque je sais, bien a l’avance et generalement sous la douche, ce que je vais porter, sinon…….

  • Sevan February, 20 2014, 11:28 / Reply

    J’ai une question : comment nettoie-t-on les jolis verres ou containers de bougie pour les utiliser ensuite, comme sur la photo ?

  • tigrer February, 20 2014, 11:28

    tu verses de l’eau bouillante plusieurs fois jusqu’à ce que l’a cire soit partie puis produit vaisselle

  • Sevan February, 20 2014, 11:28

    Merci beaucoup Tigrer !

  • shani February, 20 2014, 11:36 / Reply

    I’m embarrassed to confess that it takes me at least an hour to get ready in the morning, and I don’t even shower in the mornings! (On the rare occasion I do, it takes even longer.) Hmm. Maybe I need to minimalize my beauty routine… Some days take longer than others, though, depending on if I get caught up doing things in between.

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

  • sashi February, 20 2014, 11:36

    don’t worry, do your own thing. I take HOURS to get ready and I start early. I have to ease into the day, and it is not in my nature to rush at all in the morning. I take a long shower, I sit down to eat, I do mositurizers and then sit and read some blogs. There is not a reward for fastest time, certainly. I can’t.

  • Sabrina February, 20 2014, 12:09 / Reply

    Toujours le même rituel pour me réveiller : la douche d’une quinzaine de minutes (je me lave les cheveux tous les matins) puis retour dans ma chambre et je coiffe mes cheveux bouclés avec une crème nourrissante et quelques gouttes d’huile d’argan pure tout droit arrivée du Maroc. Ensuite je les pré-sèche une première fois au sèche-cheveux la tête en bas.

    Ensuite je m’occupe de ma peau avec une bonne noisette de lait crème concentré Embryolisse et le contour des yeux défatiguant Nuxe. Puis vient le combo makeup soin teinté hydratant Nars + anti-cernes pro long wear MAC, blush MAC et poudre Rimmel. Un peu de mascara effet faux-cils YSL et un rouge à lèvres Bourjois et voilà !

  • Julia February, 20 2014, 12:17 / Reply

    Ah la routine beauté, question existentielle pour moi!
    Je me douche tous les matins, fais un shampoing un jour sur deux (j’ai les cheveux longs et bouclés). Je n’ai pas de préférence pour les produits de douche, en général j’utilise des produits bio, mais je n’ai pas de marque préférée. En revanche je cherche toujours des parfums très naturels, pas du Hello Kitty quoi.
    Je me démêle les cheveux, applique la tête en bas de l’huile d’argan mélangé à un sérum pour cheveux bouclés de chez Redken. Je laisse mes cheveux sécher à l’air libre après les avoir légèrement pré-sécher.
    J’applique ensuite le sérum idéalia de Vichy et une crème pour peaux sèches de La Roche Posay (je sais, rien de glamour, mais ça fait tellement de bien à ma peau sèche et sensible…).
    Je change souvent de fond de teint, j’alterne entre le naturel perfecteur de shiseido, le vitalumière aqua ou le diorskin nude.
    Je met de l’anticernes benefit, et la poudre universelle libre de chanel sur tout le visage mais très légèrement.
    Ensuite je passe aux paupières, toujours dans les tons nudes mais avec le coin externe accentué (je ne jure que par ma palette Naked 2 ou par les fards chanel).
    Je recourbe mes cils, applique mon mascara préféré-de-tous-les-temps : le baby-doll de Saint-Laurent.
    Je brosse mes sourcils, applique mon blush crème chanel (révélation) ou le tipsy de Tarte.
    Un peu de baume à lèvre de la gamme au miel de chez Nuxe, une légère touche de Coco mademoiselle de Chanel (surtout dans mes cheveux), et je suis prête !!
    Et là, je vais embrasser mon homme qui, en général, dort encore, et là j’ai les boules.
    Voilà, merci les filles pour vos indications, toujours très enrichissantes!
    Julia

  • Marie Acard February, 20 2014, 12:18 / Reply

    Ma routine du matin est vraiment quelque chose de fondamentale pour que ma journée se passe sans encombres, je ne change jamais mes habitudes, excepté si c’est nécessaire. Les vôtres sont aussi très intéressantes les filles, j’adore ;)

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  • youna February, 20 2014, 12:32 / Reply

    J’adore cet article !
    40min : sortir du lit
    1min : faire bouillir de l’eau pour le café
    5min : douche (huile pour la douche de Sebamed) (je me lave les cheveux deux fois par semaine le soir, avec Kerastase – depuis que j’utilise des produits professionnels je n’ai jamais les cheveux gras ou electriques.)
    5min : m’etaler l’huile Elixir de beauté de l’Institut Karité Paris, sur tout le corps et le visage. Ca sent trop bon et depuis que je l’utilise je n’ai plus jamais besoin de me maquiller parce que ma peau est douce et parfaite, laiteuse, lumineuse, douce. Pareil pour les levres, les genoux, les bras, les jambes, enfin bref TOUT.
    3min me laver les dents
    30 sec me brosser les cheveux et les sourcils
    2min m’habiller
    Pas le temps pour mon café parce que je suis en retard.

  • Denisa February, 20 2014, 12:36 / Reply

    Great photo and I use moisturizing creams only now, but like they told me.. I need to youse it more often. Hm.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com

  • Fashion Snag February, 20 2014, 12:57 / Reply

    Love hearing about morning routines!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • Meghan February, 20 2014, 12:59 / Reply

    So inspired to de-clutter my dressing table now!

  • Liz February, 20 2014, 1:00 / Reply

    Everyone should know that Cetaphil is FULL of parabens. By full, I mean of the eight listed ingredients, three are parabens… synthetic preservatives that have been linked to cancers including lymphoma and breast cancer. In my mind – not worth it, no matter how well it works at removing my eye makeup.

  • Lulue February, 20 2014, 1:10 / Reply

    J’adore la routine visage du matin ! Pour ma part:
    - un bon pschit d’eau thermale Avène que j’essuie en tapotant
    - de l’eau de rose que j’applique doucement avec un coton (mhhh cette odeur ! et cet effet sur le teint/les pores!)
    - de la crème Aesop (c’est vrai que les odeurs sont tops, tu me donnes l’envie de craquer aussi pour leurs produits corps!) à laquelle j’ajoute quelques gouttes d’huile végétale de rose musquée (protectrice, anti-rides)
    - et côté maquillage c’est du 100% RMS Beauty ! Un cover-up, blush/ rouge à lèvres lip2cheek et surtout pourdre de finition RMS finition cul de bébé assurée ! Et, quand j’en ai envie, quelques touches de Living Luminizer pour apporter un peu plus de lumière et un bel effet glowly :)

  • Céline February, 20 2014, 2:08 / Reply

    Mais personne n’utilise de fard à paupière ? Perso c’est mon moment préféré : jouer avec de subtils dégradés nude par exemple, ca done un resultat genre “moi en mieux”
    ;)

  • Marta Sophie February, 20 2014, 2:11 / Reply

    Does anybody mentioned pee? I swear, this is the first thing I need to do in the morning :-) But beside this, of course I love my morning routine so much! Half asleep with almost closed eyes I go to the kitchen to prepare coffee. It takes 15 minutes to boil it in italian moka pot, so I have time to shower. I wash my hair almost every day (always with Shu Uemura Velvet Moisture Shampoo), but I avoud masks or treatments. It takes too much time, so I do prefer some leave on conditioner. My top right now it’s mix of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue (massage into damp hair) and Aveda Smooth Infusion (finishing touch). I use Jo Malone shower gel in Lime basil&mandarin, it’s so refreshing and energizing! The benefit is that it moistures a lot too – you can save some time and skip body balm! Right after the shower I take my coffe out of the stove and I have couple of minutes for the skincare – I use Bobbi Brown hydrating face cream – it has a primer so my make up stay longer. Coffee time! A small hour with magazines and my favourite websites, chill out and relax before busy day at work. Face look much better, swelling and redness are gone, I can start with the make up! I must confess, I love this moment the most.
    While doing make up, my hair gets dry. This natural way to dry my hair gives them nice shape and waves. All I need to finish it’s a bit of surf spray (Bumble&Bumble it’s my fav one) and, voilà!
    Ready to go!

    Oh, wait! I have nothing to wear!

  • willa February, 20 2014, 2:20 / Reply

    Hey guys?! only see one or two mentions of SPF! As an older person I can attest to why it is so necessary–wasn’t around when I was growing up. Save your pretty young skin.

  • Annette February, 20 2014, 3:17 / Reply

    TWO HOURS!! No seriously. I wake up, press the snooze button for 10-15 minutes (bad, I know). Then I make myself a hot water with lemon – in the dark because I’m still semi-asleep – and sip that while I read my scriptures, being the good little Mormon girl I am. Then I go to the gym, which I allow an hour for since it takes about 15 min to walk there, 30 min to actually do any form of exercise including generous amounts of stretching *cough* and then 15 min to walk back. Then I’ll have a shower, brush my teeth and moisturise and dress! I eat breakfast and do my makeup on the tube to work since I’ve already wasted so much time haha. My excuse is I move so much slower in the mornings!

  • veronicav February, 20 2014, 3:37 / Reply

    Also I follow my routine meticulously, it is now a matter of habit otherwise go to the confusion… :-)
    Passa a trovarmi VeryFP

  • Camille February, 20 2014, 3:39 / Reply

    Aloooors voyons voir (jsuis sûre que vous avez triché sur les minutes oh, 18mn pour faire TOUT ça ? Ou alors je suis spécialement lente …)

    - Douche brulante TOU-JOURS. Ouuui c’est pas bon gnagnagna mais c’est tellement agréable !
    - Shampoing tous les deux jours sauf exception, avec TOUJOURS une bonne dose d’après shampoing
    - Me lave le visage à l’eau froide avec la mousse nettoyante pivoine velours de Dior (tellement douuuuce)
    - Crème Moisturge Surge de Clinique (tellement acqueuse, fondannnnte mmmmmh c’est mon INDISPENSABLE de la vie)
    - je vais m’aérer 3 secondes à la fenêtre parce que j’ai la flemme d’attendre que ça pénètre
    - Une petite dose de BB crème Dior teinte 02 que je fond avec ma crème de jour
    - un petit coup de brosse à sourcil (ma super palette Ysl avec le pinceau parfait et les couleurs parfaites)
    - Un crayon très gras debby d’une teinte que je ne retrouve jamais ailleurs (à mi chemin entre le taupe et le grisé, mais d’un crémeux à tomber) que j’étale sur la paupière avec un truc (oui, un truc, j’arriverai pas à définir cette chose, qui n’est ni un pinceau, ni un estomper mais un hybride …)
    - Un poil de mascara MAC noir
    - un coup de blush mac rose poupée
    - et suivant le jour j’accessoirise d’un rouge à lèvre (Dior ou MAC) suivant l’humeur

    DIS QUESTION EXISTENTIELLE D’UNE FRANÇAISE : Tu regardes “Conasse” sur Canal de ta lointaine contrée ?

  • Suze February, 20 2014, 3:44 / Reply

    Ahh two of you use Brow Zing! I tried it as well for a while, but thought the effect with the cream especially was way too dense. Now today I bought Benefits Gimme Brow, which is much more of a mascara and gives colour and structure. And I absolutely adore it! I very much recommend it for anyone who isn’t too crazy about Brow Zing.

    My routine is 10 min shower, making a cup of tea and eating some fruit, 5 min hair blow dry (after adding heat protection mousse) and then adding some structure powder, 5 minute make-up (mascara, bit of under the eye concealer, bit of blush (I have a BB blush cream from L’Oreal which gives a great natural effect) and also the eyebrow mascara). And then hopefully by that time I’ve figured out what to wear!

  • Katia February, 20 2014, 3:46 / Reply

    La creme de la Mer est un attrape nigaud . C’ est de la paraffine vendue à prix d’ or !!!

  • delph from bxl February, 20 2014, 3:51 / Reply

    hi girls,

    ma routine du matin est à la fois une galère quotidienne et en même temps c’est beaucoup de plaisir
    car je bosse pour une Maison de luxe et donc je dois être tirée à quatre épingles tous les matins:
    et pour ne rien compliquer je suis une vraie marmotte donc je remets mon réveil 3 fois avant d’enfin me lever:
    10 min douche +hydratation corps
    5 min : tonique +layering face (sérum/ crème/contour des yeux)
    pendant ce temps je prépare le pti dèj
    là la galère commence : le make up full option (non négociable)
    entre 15 et 35 minutes : bb cream ou fond de teint mac ou dior/ poudre libre dior/sunpowder mac+ blush mac margin , les yeux c’est là que ça se corse en fonction du choix liner +nude léger ou si je décide de me lancer dons un smoky-de-la-mort-qui-tue…

    5 min: les cheveux, obligatoirement attachés et plaqués donc lissage et queue de cheval chic

    pour les fringues facile facile j’ai un dress code restreint donc 5 minutes

    10minutes : petit dèj thé menthe fraîche/ crêpes/ tartines et surtout orange pressée
    5min les lèvres: après le brossage des dents Alex!!!
    bilan: 1heure tout de même, mais prendre ce temps pour soi c’est quand même top!
    (ps: autant vous dire que les jours off c’est no make up préparation en 5 minutes chrono!!!)

  • despinaki February, 20 2014, 4:33 / Reply

    love routines:)
    the first thing i do is drink warm water w lemon 3 min
    shower+body milk – 15 mins
    coffee and breakfast – 20 mins
    teeth – 2 mins
    dressing up (clothes chosen night before or in shower) – 10 mins
    face cleansing, hydrating and make-up – foundation, guerlain terracota bronzer, mascara, eyeliner, red lipstick – 15 mins
    hair – 5 mins

    roughly 1 hour and 15 mins :) i like to start the day w/o rush and enjoying all little things i do

  • Lili February, 20 2014, 4:47 / Reply

    Olalala la routine du matin !
    Moi je change tout le temps ! ça dépend du temps que je mets à sortir du lit ! A quelle heure sonne le réveil si je suis très pressée je boucle tout en 30 minutes !

    Générallement je cours me servir un verre d’eau.

    Et vient la version longue: j’ai plus d’une heure de libre devant moi ;)
    5 minutes: Une petite douche rapide (les cheveux c’est le soir, deux fois par semaine)
    20 minutes: Je commence par mon visage avec de l’eau micellaire et une crème hydratante La Rocheposay.
    Ensuite je corrire mes cernes et si besoin imperfections avec le correcteur de couleur Bobbi brown, suivi de l’anti-cerne Bobbi brow, le fond de teint Mac !
    Une fine couche de poudre libre universelle chanel.
    Après tout dépend si j’ai envie de fantaisie ou pas: généralement je me fais des yeux nude avec la palette naked d’urban, le mascara benefit (si la folie vient l’eyeliner lancôme)(si la folie vient avec encore plus de temps libre: smokey marron, regard doré…)

    10 minutes: Je pars m’habiller… tout en préparant mon petit déjeuner !
    15 minutes: je mange en checkant instagram :)
    2 minutes: brosage de dents
    1 minutes: une touche de parfum: Chloé ou Lola Marc Jacobs et le moment crucial choix du lipstick: rouge éclatant, carmin, rose, nude, lie-de-vin, mat, gloss, vernis à lèvres, pailleté: tout y passe ! selon la tenue ! Et l’envie :)

    Bref je prends beaucoup plus de temps que vous :o !!!

  • Marie February, 20 2014, 4:54 / Reply

    Non mais moi le matin en général je suis supra lente (genre en tout 1h et je n’ai pas le temps de manger), ce n’est pas du coup chronométré mais comme je me lave les cheveux quasi tous les matins, je dirai au moins 30min pour la partie salle de bain. Je commence par checker mes sourcils, épiler si besoin (je suis archi myope ms de très très très près je vois mieux sans lentilles, le seul truc “positif” on va dire) et ensuite je mets mes lentilles, ce qui est vital! Après je file sous la douche, j’utilise souvent un gel douche fleur d’oranger et shampoing/conditioner René Furterer ou redken. Après je me maquille les yeux en utilisant une base crème MAC et de l’eye-liner Bobbi Brown marron foncé + mascara Lancôme, j’utilise créatine H2O pour nettoyer vite fait le visage et je sèche mes cheveux. Ensuite je mets ma crème contour des yeux et crème de jour clarins, puis antienne benefit et fond de teint givenchy avec un peu de blush Chanel et voilà!

  • Brin de fantaisie February, 20 2014, 5:21 / Reply

    Sympa de lire vos routines beauté du matin même si je vous tire mon chapeau d’être aussi téméraires dans l’utilisation des crèmes (la liste des ingrédients me file toujours la frousse ; je vais donc à l’essentiel…savon…1 crème qui change Aesop/Weleda/Saniflore…du maquillage…et du parfum ou de l’eau de Cologne le tout après douche et petit déjà). Je note l’idée de l’huile d’eucalyptus et le recyclage des bougies diptyque comme pots à cotons tige.

  • katie February, 20 2014, 5:47 / Reply

    I always love hearing about other women’s morning routines! I feel like I take forever and appreciate tips and tricks. Am I the only person in the world who broke out in acne after using Tata Harper products?? I keep hearing about how they are practically miracle products, yet when I gave them a go, my skin freaked out! Sad face. I want them to work so badly. Maybe they just are not products meant for acne prone skin?

  • Polina Z February, 20 2014, 6:16 / Reply

    30 to 40 minutes if I’m in a rush. And I take showers in the evening ’cause I have to get up super early (or maybe I just think it’s early, oh well). So I get up and my hair is a mess and it pretty much stays the same during the day but I’m well known for that super ‘just out of bed never seen a comb look’) I think it’s arty and not everybody can pull it off – so I’ll just hope that I can)
    Then comes make up and because I usually prepare my clothes for the day the night before I’m done in no time.
    Also this whole morning routine sometimes include a mug of coffee and a cig but that’s if I’m super lucky)

  • Fani February, 20 2014, 6:18 / Reply

    Every morning I wake up and make breakfast. I sit on my computer, browsing to my emails, facebook, instagram etc while I eat my breakfast. I am not a coffee girl, I am a tea girl! (That takes me about 20-30 minutes. 5 minutes if i am in hurry.) Then I brush my teeth. I wash my face usually with Apivita’s cleanser with propolis an citrus (my skin type is combination), the same toner and I continue with Ole Henriksen’s truth serum or Vichy’s Ideale serum, my day cream and eye cream both Korres of wild rose line. (that takes me about 10 minutes) I picking my outfit (3 min. and I am ready) Then it’s makeup time! Foundation by Clinique the syperbalanced one, by Benefit concealer, by Too Faced shadow insurance, by MAC blush (fleur power is my favorite), by Maybelline mascara and by Maxfactor powder. My eyeshadows are by Sleek or KIKO ot something else. I always have a lipstick or lipgloss in my bag, so I apply it on my way. (7-8min.)

    I have a shower every night so I skip that step in the morning and I bath my hair twice a week also in the evening.

  • Helen February, 20 2014, 6:29 / Reply

    Thanks for sharing your tips to get ready quickly ladies!

    I just had one thought for Alex, which could be that because you wash your hair so often, your scalp is overproducing oils that make your hair greasy! There was an interesting article on refinery 29 a while ago about this: http://www.refinery29.com/shampoo-free …I could be completely wrong but this was a problem for me too until I stopped washing my hair as frequently! xo, H

  • rose February, 20 2014, 6:29

    people always offer this as an explanation for oily hair and I’m sure this is true for some people, but some of us just have oily hair! I’ve tried washing it less a few times (and I never wear product) and guess what happens when I don’t wash my hair – it gets even oilier! then it gets waxy and no amount of washing with shampoo will degrease until I wash with vinegar. it’s disgusting. some of us are just meant to shampoo daily and that’s all there is to it.

  • Hannah February, 20 2014, 6:36 / Reply

    v jealous of all your routines! Unluckily for me I have school every day, so the time I have to get ready is limited (I’m also the worst morning person in the world)
    I usually shower/bath at night, as I find it too stressful in the mornings, and I take an unnecessarily long time.. then I try and eat something for breakfast, throw on some light makeup and tie my hair up in some sort of messy style. I never wear my hair down for school for some reason, kind of a ritual of mine now.

  • Murielle February, 20 2014, 6:53 / Reply

    Alex, ce n’est pas bon de se laver les cheveux tous les jours, c’est bizarre qu’en utilisant des shampooing bios tu as les cheveux gras tous les jours.
    Depuis que je suis passé aux shampooing bio j’ai pu espacer mes lavages, avant c’était deux ou trois fois par semaine, maintenant une fois par semaine ou tous les 10 jours

  • Kat February, 20 2014, 7:07 / Reply

    Love all the mentions of Tata Harper products! I’m a natural beauty junkie myself. You should try May Lindstrom’s skin line. Her problem solver mask and blue cocoon balm are AMAZING!!!!!! Truly transformative for the skin.

  • Andrea February, 20 2014, 7:07

    It’s true – May Lindstrom is the best! It’s so crazy for anyone to ever use La Mer – ever.

  • Camille February, 20 2014, 7:58 / Reply

    Le shampoing John Masters Organics fait des cheveux brillants comme aucun autre, je l’adore mais je crois qu’il faut alterner avec un shampoing plus doux. Personnellement, j’alterne avec un shampoing Kiehls volume. Pour la routine beauté, ça dépend des saisons mais toujours un sérum avant la crème de jour et un contour des yeux + un peu d.ecran total (toute l’année…)

  • Tamara February, 20 2014, 7:58

    I’m thinking about starting zu use John Masters Organics and had a little chat about it with the hair dresser at my local store for organic beauty products. He told me to water down the shampoo and apply it to my dry hair… Do you guys use the shampoo that way? And is it working out well? Thanks! x

  • jenjenchoo February, 20 2014, 8:14 / Reply

    5 mins – brush teeth, wash face with cetaphil and shower with marks&spencers fig and orange shower cream/johnson&johnson whatever which is on the shelf

    3 mins – skincare- pat hado labo toner on face, dior capture under eye cream, benzyl cream for breakouts and dior skin on whole face (i started using it about a month ago and it’s AMAZING) – lotion up body with nivea whitening serum (cos it has spf and I live in super tropical malaysia) – spritz on jo malone nectarine blossom and honey perfume

    10 mins – makeup – eyemakeup takes the longest – i use various shu uemura cosmetics – base, darker brown on edges, highlighter on brow bone, blend, carefully draw gel eyeliner – curl lashes – apply dior eyelash serum and dior show mascara – comb it out and curl it some more with a heated eye lash curling wand – use a foundation brush to apply the thinnest layer of dior BB cream with SPF – smudge on some shu uemura blusher with brush – spritz on shu uemura depsea water to finish – clean brushes – run a comb thru hair and smudge on some shu umeura depsea lip serum – one more spritz of jo malone to make me smile (i am still addicted to the smell after 4 years)

    my morning soundtrack is usually something on spotify – my fav song right now to get ready to is Happy OR i leave QI or a documentary on and listen while i get ready (stephen fry is THE BEST)

  • suzy February, 20 2014, 8:16 / Reply

    WOW you guys are FAST! I shower the night before and STILL take 30 minutes to leave home…

  • Rebecca February, 20 2014, 9:02 / Reply

    I want to steal your diptyque-as-a-container idea!!! ….how do you get all the candle wax out!?

  • Amélie February, 20 2014, 9:02

    Me too!!!! I knew I kept the burned out leftovers for a reason!!!

    DH figured out how to manage this – turn the oven on super low, as low as it will go. Stick the dead candle in there for 5 minutes. Watch really closely to make sure nothing catches fire (that part is my contribution to the protocol.)

    Use oven mitts to remove the glass container, and pour out the melted wax (not down the sink!!!!).

    Wash the now empty container with soap and warm water. Et voila!

  • il February, 20 2014, 9:17 / Reply

    Attends mais Garance… tu te brosses les dents avant de petit dèj ? ^^

  • Kimberly February, 20 2014, 9:23 / Reply

    I love love this!
    Ok-here’s mine: iphone alarm sounds at 6:45 am. At 53 years of age I STILL want to whine like a baby when it goes off. Check Pinterest(addicting) and weather then jump out of bed. I’m so not a morning person so I take my shower at night. Wash my hair about twice a week because it’s thick and somewhat dry,and it just looks better when it’s not squeaky clean.
    I splash my face with cool water,shove a clip onto my bangs and slather on an oil(Aura Cacia Rosehip Oil),then Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. Menopause brings a new definition to “dry skin.” While my face is soaking in the moisture I brush my teeth with my electric toothbrush for two minutes. Garance,how do you not drool your toothpaste at 3 minutes??? I’m so impatient I can barely finish two!
    Next is RMS UN cover up,MAC brow crayon in Lingering,Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in black,RMS Living Luminizer(it’s magic!),ending with RMS liptocheek in Diabolique on my lips. I throw my clothes on(black/grey/navy top plus denim),Ambre Blends oil(I’m loving Solace at the moment) and out the door with my coffee/soy creamer in hand!
    HEllooo morning!

  • Emily February, 20 2014, 9:26 / Reply

    It’s funny, because the majority of my morning routine revolves around coffee and breakfast, which take a good 30-45 minutes and happen during my check email/the news (aka facebook and instagram) ritual.
    The actual getting ready part is about 10 minutes – 5 for makeup and teeth and 5 for getting dressed.

    I always set my alarm about 30 minutes earlier than I actually get up, in hopes that I might actually do a small workout. Snooze always wins.
    No matter how much time I give myself though, I am ALWAYS rushing frantically out the door, running late, scurrying to catch the subway. That’s just the way it is I guess.

  • Oonagh February, 20 2014, 9:48 / Reply

    God, you guys are fast, very impressive. I stagger around for ages in the morning drinking tea and reading internet gossip. I’m just not a get-up-and-go type of person.

  • Katie February, 20 2014, 10:17 / Reply

    Oh my god I am in awe of all of you. I take 90 MINUTES to get ready! 90! And that’s not including a shower! (I usually shower and wash my hair at night and that’s a whole routine in itself.) Granted my 90 minutes includes preparing and eating breakfast (cannot leave the house without breakfast) and washing up afterwards. There’s the contact lens thing, the eyebrow tweezing thing, the wardrobe selection thing, the jewelry selection thing, the re-packing my handbag thing, the shade of eyeshadow selection thing, and the fact that even though I’ve been drawing cat eyes on my lids for years, I am still terrible at it and it still takes me ages. (But I’m determined to look like Anna Karina at all costs, so what can I say?) Oh and I have to take time to get the Democracy Now! podcast going so that my getting ready routine is as informative as it is productive. I’m lucky that my boss doesn’t seem to mind (too much) that I’m 20 minutes late every single day. The routine takes precedence.

  • katie February, 20 2014, 11:32 / Reply

    No matter how hard I try, I seem to take FOREVER to get ready in the morning…

    - Quick shower to rinse off (I only wash my hair like twice a week, and I usually do this at night because my hair requires a lot of maintenance to dry).

    - Wash face/apply moisturizer/serum/eye cream. I’ve been struggling with acne for a while now, and I’ve been jumping between different product lines to see if anything will help. I’m currently washing with Clinique Acne Solutions 3-Step, then Clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel, Clinique Dark Spots remover for those pesky red acne scars. Not sure where aging prevention fits into this…too many things to deal with, and my skin freaks out when I use way too many things unfortunately.

    - Makeup. I started using Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer, it’s light and gives that perfectly dewy look. Bare Minerals Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener, Bobbi Brown Pink Brightening Brick blush and Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hr Blush in Blissful mixed, eyebrow powder by Damone Roberts in Ginger (a godsend for us gingers). Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in Nude Swings, Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume mascara, RMS Beauty Highlighter in the corners of my eyes and my cupids bow. Sometimes Lorac Front Of The Line Pro eyeliner, but not everyday. That is the best liquid pen eyeliner I’ve tried and worth the price, for sure.

    - A bowl of cereal in here somewhere

    - Hair. Generally a spray of dry shampoo at my roots and use my hands to rub it all in. Sometimes I’ll curl my hair into beachy waves, but lately I’m liking it a bit straight and tousled. Bonus points for less effort as well, IMO.

    - Clothes. My nemesis in the morning. Usually it’ll take like 50 outfit tries before I am honest with myself and throw on skinny jeans, a striped boatneck tee, and my delicate gold jewelry. I’ll swipe on some Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, spritz on my favorite combo of Jo Malone scents (Peony & Blush Suede + Vanilla & Anise) and frantically rush out the door!

  • jessie February, 20 2014, 11:53 / Reply

    it takes me a really long time to get ready in the morning. i spend way too much time sipping my coffee and checking instagram. lol

  • Mon éléphant à pois February, 21 2014, 1:14 / Reply

    Quelle jolie idée d’utiliser les verres des bougies Dyptique comme petits rangements de salle de bain. J’aime beaucoup. Merci Garance !

  • Rivka February, 21 2014, 2:37 / Reply

    How do people shower without washing their hair? Teach me your secrets! My hair just gets frizzy from all the humidity and steam…

  • SM February, 21 2014, 2:37

    Shower cap!

  • Patty February, 21 2014, 8:22 / Reply

    I loved it!
    I’m posting looks from Los Angeles and accessories:

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

  • Mélanie February, 21 2014, 12:31 / Reply

    J’adore ce post, j’ai un peu l’impression de lire ma propre routine beauté dans celle d’Alex. Très belle plume, d’ailleurs Alex, j’espère que Garance nous présentera bientôt les co écrivains de ce blog (si ce n’est pas déjà fait, aurais-je loupé un post?)!

    melsburlino.tumblr.com

  • Camille February, 21 2014, 1:18 / Reply

    La photo est parfaite (belle utilisation des bougies Diptyque ;)) et Alex, L’eau de toilette de Carven sent divinement bon !

  • christine February, 21 2014, 4:07 / Reply

    I go straight to the kitchen and make coffee. Then my boyfriend comes down and makes me breakfast.

    I wash my face in the shower with Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser; I only wash my hair on the week end (Kiehls: argan oil shampoo, avocado oil conditioner). I use a super-rich olive and green tea organic body wash from Nubian Heritage. My skin is crazy-dry, and so’s my hair (never gets greasy, turns into a puff of frizz when it’s squeaky clean).

    I’m convinced I only have 60 seconds to apply moisturizer to my face once I’ve patted it dry. Right now I’m using this stuff which is just meh. I moved recently and haven’t found the great moisturizer for my new climate. 2x/week, I put a REN serum under it.

    The electric toothbrush has a timer for 2 minutes; I use those two minutes to practice standing on one leg (for my ballet class). By then my moisturizer has set and the steam cleared from the mirror. I use this amazing tinted sunscreen by Skinceuticals called Physical Fusion UV Defense, which I apply with a foundation brush. It’s 50 SPF!

    Then I need to do my eyebrows; they are SO pale I don’t pluck them, just use an Anastasia powder to make them visible. Marc Jacobs’ gel crayon eyeliner is my secret weapon: I wear big Buddy Holly-style glasses, and this is the magic stuff that makes my eyes visible through the lenses.

    8 minutes.
    Plus a swipe of Lovemarc lippy after I’ve kissed my guy goodbye

    Sometimes, if I care, I’ll eyeshadow: I have a Stila palette called “in the know” which is full of grays and neutrals. Sometimes, if I look particularly haggard or pallid, I’ll swipe on some blush. Clinique, with a big rose pressed into the powder, and I’m pretty sure it’s actually a bronzer.

    xxo,
    isti orange

  • Belle February, 22 2014, 12:31 / Reply

    It never ceases to amaze me how long my morning routine takes. I suppose I have never broken it down…
    10min – Shower. Depending on the time of year, I will shower in the AM (summer slick rinsing), PM (winter) or both (summer). Shampoo and condition (every 2nd or 3rd day), soap – always in that order.
    2min – Brush teeth; spritz thermal water on face.
    15min – Moisturize my face and body. This is where it gets slow, as I wait for it to sink in while thinking about what to wear.
    15min – Put on my face. Armani foundation, Cle de Peau concealer under the eyes and around the nose, non-existent dusting of Armani loose powder, maybe a swipe or smudge of blush or bronzer, Shiseido powder to fill in sparse Asian eyebrows, maybe finger-applying eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, black mascara on the upper lashes.
    5min – Spritz on a scent and get dressed.
    0-10min – Hair. It’s its own beast. I like to air dry it because I don’t know how to do hair, and because trying to fight slick, limp-ish Asian hair to look like Giselle’s often makes it more limp.
    That means if it is a summer morning, my morning routine may take up to 1 hour. Que horror! What am I doing wrong?

  • Laura February, 22 2014, 12:40 / Reply

    Super sympa ce post!

    Bisous
    http://www.Lauralexo.com

  • Amélie February, 22 2014, 12:49 / Reply

    1. Wake up.

    Somehow levitate out of bed, into the kitchen, make coffee and breakfast (usually cereal, sometimes a croissant, muffin, fruit & yogurt, toast, or oatmeal). Stumble into the living room and turn on Morning Joe. Stare blankly at Mika for 15 minutes while consuming breakfast and waiting for the caffeine to work.

    2. Shower

    Kerastase color protect shampoo, and the new Volumifique conditioner, which I am loving. Begone, 5:00 limp roots. Also loving Uriage’s shower gel right now, and the body scrub from Melvita, which has a nice citrus scent. About 10 minutes.

    3. Post-shower

    Various lotions and potions; Right now, Ole Henrikson Sheer Transformation for the face, Origins Ginzing for the underye area, and CO Bigelow lemon body cream. Product into the hair; Kerastase Ciment thermique, concentrating on the ends. bumble thickening spray at the roots. Forlornly check coffee cup to see if there’s any more coffee. About 5 minutes.

    4. Hair

    Least favorite part, the blow-dry. This takes a good 12 minutes.

    5. Makeup

    The easy part. Urban Decay shadow; Dr. Jardt BB cream; T. Le Clerc loose powder; Chanel blush; Almay liquid eyeliner; wait 90 seconds, then Guerlain mascara, but I’m thinking of switching back to Chanel. About 5 minutes overall.

    6. Dress

    Perfume; Right now CO Bigelow lemon, same as the lotion. Fragrance never sticks to me, layering helps. Only about 5 minutes, if everything goes well, because I decided during the shower/post-shower/hair phases. Discovering a hole in my sweater, or that one of my socks is missing (or that none of my socks are clean), will set this process back.

    7. Pre-departure

    Finding all the $h!# before leaving the house. One day I will get it together and have a system for this, and be sure everything is in its place **before** falling asleep at night (aka, losing consciousness on the couch while trying to stay awake through Jon Stewart). Phone, keys, notepad, laptop, wallet, scarf, gloves, coat. Earrings, generally removed in a semi-concious state the night before and left somewhere inappropriate.

    I too am in awe of you guys at the studio – I could never, never make it out of the house in 20 minutes!!

  • andreavytlacilova February, 23 2014, 11:15 / Reply

    Sounds very relaxing! Must try it out!

    ANDREA

  • Ryry February, 24 2014, 6:43 / Reply

    Quelle chic salle de bain! :)

    Mes matins :
    >Thé (absolument non négociable)
    >Routine visage Shiseido Ibuki (nettoyant-lotion-crème) (mon dieu la mousse des nettoyant-crème japonais! ou plutôt le matelas de mousse!)
    >petit déjeuner (la crème pénètre pendant ce temps)
    >brossage de temps
    >habillage
    >maquillage : anti-cerne, poudre, recourbe-cils, mascara, blush.
    >Sprint matinal pour attraper le bus.

    30 minutes tranquillement
    quand j’ai 10 minutes je petit déjeuner et le mascara passent à la trappe, je me rattrape plus tard…
    je me douche le soir parce que je suis incapable de me lever plut tôt ;)

    Comment Caroline peut-elle se maquiller et se doucher ENSUITE en se lavant les cheveux, sans ruiner le maquillage? ça m’épate!

  • Amena February, 25 2014, 12:56 / Reply

    Just thought of sharing, my mother and grandmother grew up in a small town in Afghanistan and they had the most beautiful glowing skin. The secret..they used to use their own long hair to scrub their face every morning. Long before face cloths and scrubbing tools were available there.

  • Harley Quinn February, 26 2014, 6:14 / Reply

    @Caroline
    Tu peux nous en dire plus à propos de l’huile d’eucalyptus ? …
    J’adore cette idée ;)
    merci

  • Anita February, 27 2014, 7:07 / Reply

    My routine is the same, but changes in the products that I use, I change it up every few days, more posts like these please.

  • Angie March, 5 2014, 2:21 / Reply

    Love the photo…it’s my wallpaper now.

    I have a couple of routines, one for when I get up on time and one for when I choose sleep over beauty. The second one is used much more often and takes about a half hour including dressing.

  • tanouk April, 1 2014, 8:25 / Reply

    J’ai peut être mal lu mais aucune ne se brosse les dents ???!

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